RALEIGH, N.C. — According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, five people died in three wrecks during the New Year’s holiday enforcement period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2, compared to four deaths during the same period last year.
Across the state, there were 846 fatal collisions on highways in 2012.
In these accidents, 899 people died, including 98 pedestrians, 15 bicyclists and 79 motorcyclists.
In total, 204 fatal collisions in 2012 involved the suspected use of alcohol, according to NC Highway Patrol.
WRAL contributed to this report.